4th of July decorations: Tablescape ideas

Jun 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET

When it comes to 4th of July decorating, less is more. Too many bright colors, flag designs and patterned ribbon can look cluttered and messy, not elegant and patriotic. Instead of overdoing it, take a look at these easy, elegant and simple tablescape decor tips. Your gorgeous table will be so pretty, your guests will have trouble focusing on anything else, like the fireworks!

Patriotic tablescape
Photo credit: Betty from the Cozy Corner

The tablescape above is the perfect mix of red, white and blue without being tacky or overdone. The key to a perfect holiday tablescape is keeping the overall design simpler but still making an impact with the colors, flowers and the cute accessories. Create your own elegant and festive 4th of July tablescape with these fun decor tips!

Create a bold floral centerpiece

The great thing about the 4th of July (design wise) is the bold, bright colors, so use those to your advantage when creating your centerpiece! Use bright and distinct flowers, like red roses, white peonies and blue hydrangeas to make a beautiful and festive floral arrangement. Because the flowers are bright and create a statement on their own, keep the vase and surrounding accessory items simpler. For example, place your flowers in Mason jars, like Betty did! In addition, she placed two other Mason jars with simple red candles and festive ribbon next to the flowers to create more of a statement. You want the main focal point of the table to be the lush, fresh flowers, so stay away from overly orange vases or large, busy accessories.

Bold floral centerpiece

DIY napkin rng

Add fun DIY accessories

There are so many cute little accessories you can use to add even more flair to your tablescape without overdoing it! For example, make some cute star napkin rings to adorn your colored napkins! To really make these napkin rings stand out, use a solid-color napkin and all-white plates. Simple and beautiful! In addition, make some fun cupcake toppers or ribbon cake toppers to adorn your festive dessert. Place these on a dessert table nearby so they don't clutter your dining table. Another fun DIY you can tackle in just an hour is painting your white plates or adding a stencil. Add some festive stripes and stars to your salad plates for a fun pop of color. Just keep your dinner plate and napkins solid so your table settings aren't clashing. You can also create adorable 4th inspired place cards that also create a statement against plain white dinnerware.

Flag lasagna

Feature festive foods

A fun way to add some color to your tablescape that the guests will not only love to look at, but eat as well, are festive foods! Add a small bowl of plump strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with some whipped cream for an easy red, white and blue dessert! If you have a little bit more time, create a 4th of July colored trifle or a flag lasagna! These foods are bright and fun and add some festivity to your table without trying. You can also feature festively colored foods, like strawberries and blueberries, in your centerpiece too! Stick a wooden skewer through some strawberries and add them to your flower arrangement. This is a fresh, unique alternative to an all flower arrangement! You can also create an entire arrangement out of fruit for an edible centerpiece!

More 4th of July decor ideas

Etsy roundup: Fourth of July decorations
Decorating Diva: Celebrate the 4th in style
Patriotic decor: Show your red, white and blue